As a part of Red Ribbon Week, which is a celebration of positive choices and a healthy, drug-free lifestyle among tens of thousands of schools, government agencies, and social service organizations, Rosarian Academy has “teamed up” with D.A.R.E. 2 Care to provide clothing and laundry services for the homeless in Palm Beach County.
Students wore shirts and jerseys of their favorite sports teams while learning about the positive impact of their clothing and laundry donations from Kate Devine and Tim Murphy, co-founders of D.A.R.E. 2 Care’s Shower the People, which conducts a Laundry Project program that provides mobile showers and laundry service to the homeless in Palm Beach County. Students then had the opportunity to view the mobile laundry trailer, which holds three washing machines and four driers. Covering the ceiling and wall of the trailer are pieces of tape with the names of the hundreds of people the ministry has helped.
Rosarian Academy’s National Junior Honor Society members have led the school in a month-long drive to collect items to help the disadvantaged, including adult underwear, socks, t-shirts, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies. They loaded the truck with all of the school’s donated items, putting what they have learned about caring and respect into practice.
With its motto, “Dignity And Respect to Everyone,” D.A.R.E. 2 Care believes everyone deserves dignity, reverence, and respect. The organization is united in helping those who are disadvantaged and need a helping hand, love, kindness, and opportunity. Through their work, the co-founders and volunteers believe they can offer hope, a sense of self-worth, and optimism.